I hope you all had a great and restful Thanksgiving!  I am getting a jump start on winter projects and ideas for the classroom.  I wanted to share with you a freebie .  We all like freebies don't we????  I know I do.  Here is a great activity for those times as the holidays are fast approaching and the kids are just plain excited about the upcoming holidays which means classroom behavior seems to be a bit off at times. 
Why not set up a store in your classroom by sending parents home a letter asking for donations from their local Dollar Store or any small item. 

Next print on cardstock and laminate these cute "Snowbucks" that students can earn for good behavior in the hallway, cafeteria, wherever.  Use a pocket chart in your room to have students collect their money they earn.  Then determine what dates and times you are going to allow shopping days.  Students will be given the opportunity to purchase items from the store for any of their relatives.  They are also learning how to count and save their money all at the same time.  It is a win win for everyone.  Go check out this freebie in my store.  I hope you find it useful!

Happy teaching everyone!
I have successfully ran my first giveaway and I am so glad it was quick and easy to use Rafflecopter.  I was SOOOO nervous I would do something wrong but I didn't.  The winner was Dara!  Congrats! 

  On a separate note if you haven't heard already Teachers Pay Teachers is having a HUGE cyber sale on Monday and Tuesday.  Of course my store The Teaching Bug will be participating and I plan on adding a new unit to my store.  It will cover simple machines!  I have been in bed over the last couple of days with the flu....definitely not the way to spend the week or my birthday!  :(  I am feeling a bit better today but hoping to get the unit all polished and ready to add. 

Thank you to all of my followers!  I am so glad you are here.  When my blog reaches 100 followers I plan on doing another giveaway so spread this little blog and get it out there.  Stay tuned this week for a cute little freebie!  Have a good week!

O.k. everyone this is my very first giveaway on my little blog.  I wanted to celebrate with you my Teachers pay Teachers store The Teaching Bug reaching 100 followers.  And since my birthday is this week I thought I would celebrate with a giveaway.  So for my giveaway the winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to spend at Teachers pay Teachers.  EXCITING!!!!  I know all of you could easily spend $25.00....I know I could.  :)  Good luck and feel free to spread the word. 
  On another happy note I had to share that I won a prize over at Surfing to Success.  If you haven't checked out Mercede's store and blog she has a lot of great frames and clipart.  I was thrilled to have won her frame bundle package. 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway
I thought I would share with you a cute idea to make that turkey on your bulletin board come to life with old ties!  Who knew that this would be such a cute idea using old ties to brighten up a turkeys feathers?  I saw this at our church and had to take a picture.  It was adorable and got me thinking how I could use this in my own hallway.  I thought this would make an adorable centerpiece to a bulletin board and have the kids surround our fine "tied" turkey with things they are thankful for.   I thought I could either ask for donations from the kids to bring in old ties from their house because we all know there is a tie or two that their dads could part  :)  Or if you chose not to do that you could always visit your local thrift store and pick up some there for a bargain.  I am including a handout that I plan on having my kids do with this bulletin board or even place on your classroom door. 
  I would have them add their name and color the turkey's body.  On the feathers they could write some things they are thankful for.  For my kinders, I would have them write one thing on the turkey's body and for older students they could add things to the feathers.   I would love to hear from you. 
  Enjoy!  :)
Hi everyone,
  I hope you are having a good week.  O.k. I thought I would share with you a cute little book I have used with my kiddos to help them remember what they are thankful for.  My school is pretty particular about how we celebrate holidays and we have a lot of guidelines to follow.  How about you????  With this activity we can do it because we can all take a step back and remember the things we are thankful for.  Right????  There are two types of books you can create with this set.  For your younger students you might just want to create the first book which you can easily staple together or tie off with yarn.    Let them color it and run off several pages for them to write what they are thankful for.  Or if you having a Thanksgiving Feast at your school turn them into placemats.  Using the second page of the book have students color them and add what they are thankful for and laminate for cute little placemats. 

 For your older students you can give them some scissors and let them cut out turkey shaped books.  Punch two holes in there and tie off with some yarn and the kids have a cute activity  I would used this book for second grade and up.   

Click on the picture above to go get this cute little book with both books in it for $1.00 from my store.  I am thankful for all of my great followers. 
Happy November everyone!  Sorry I haven't written in a week or so.  With the Superstorm Sandy threatening our coast as well as Halloween things have been busy.  I plan on catching up on new products and wanting to share a super cute craft with you stay tuned!!!!  I am participating in a giveaway over at Nicole's blog OneTwoThree Math time!  She did such a great job with my blog (she also designs blogs too!) I wanted to help her out with her giveaway.  Go see one of my previous posts if you are in the market for a new blog design.  She is great to work with.  Click on the picture above to be taken to the giveaway and feel free to pin away.  Good luck.  You could win one of my best selling products at my store "What's the Matter with the 3 little pigs.  " 


   Have a great week!  Stay tuned for the craft coming your way! 
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